The governors of Texas and Mississippi both announced on Tuesday they would be lifting their states’ mask mandates and rolling back many of their Covid-19 health mandates, just one day after the CDC warned against complacency in the face of emerging coronavirus variants.
“It is now time to open Texas 100 percent,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday afternoon at Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock.
“Covid has not suddenly disappeared,” he said, “but state mandates are no longer needed.”
Shortly after Abbott’s announcement, Gov. Tate Reeves announced that he would end Mississippi’s statewide mask mandate, effective Wednesday of this week.
“Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed,” Reeves tweeted. “It is time!”